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The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series

Updated June 15, 2019 1.2k votes 205 voters 4.4k views33 items

List RulesVote up your favorite adventure shows that aired on TV in the '80s

The 80s were about excess. And there is maybe no better way to prove that then the over-the-top adventures on 80s TV. So, here are the very best 1980s Adventure TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From great 80s adventure shows that were Westerns, to other good 1980s adventure shows that were sci-fi, these shows provided something for every demographic of television viewer. A few of the greatest 1980s adventure TV series were even based on books and comics.

What shows will you find on this top 1980s adventure TV shows list? Star Trek returned in the 1980s with the great adventure series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Patrick Stewart starred as Captain Jean-Luc Picard throughout the series seven season run. MacGyver was also one of the most popular adventure series of the 1980s.

80s adventure series were all about David Hasselhoff. His hit shows Knight Rider and Baywatch both aired during the decade. Other good series on this great 1980s adventure series list include The A-Team, The Young Riders and Miami Vice.

How will we ever determine which 80s adventure series is the best? Help us out by voting your favorite TV shows to the top of this list and please add any great shows we may have missed.
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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about... more on Wikipedia
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    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private... more on Wikipedia
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    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network... more on Wikipedia
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    Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare

    Premiered1982

    Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to... more on Wikipedia
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    The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Incredible Hulk

    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno

    Premiered1977

    The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The... more on Wikipedia
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    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

    Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by... more on Wikipedia

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Alice

    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland

    Premiered1976

    Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985... more on Wikipedia

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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    MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

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    The Fall Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Fall Guy

    Joaquin Phoenix, Priscilla Presley

    Premiered1981

    The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and... more on Wikipedia
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    Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Airwolf

    Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord

    Premiered1984

    Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on... more on Wikipedia

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    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on... more on Wikipedia
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    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and... more on Wikipedia

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    Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen

    Premiered1987

    21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox... more on Wikipedia
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    Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Baywatch

    David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson

    Premiered1989

    Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol... more on Wikipedia
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    Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Hart to Hart

    Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers

    Premiered1979

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    The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Equalizer

    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka

    Premiered1985

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    Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Bonanza

    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon

    Premiered1959

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    T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    T. J. Hooker

    William Shatner, Heather Locklear

    Premiered1982

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

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    The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Greatest American Hero

    William Katt, Connie Sellecca

    Premiered1981

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    The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    The Transformers

    Frank Welker, Chris Latta

    Premiered1984

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    Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren

    Premiered1981

    Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and... more on Wikipedia
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    Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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    Hunter

    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer

    Premiered1984

    Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and... more on Wikipedia

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